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Lakshadweep, formerly known as Laccadives, is one of the most spectacular tropical islands in the world. Spread over 36 islands surrounded by lagoons covering an area of 4200 sq.km., it’s a delightful place to be at for vacation. The name ‘Lakshadweep,’ means ‘one hundred thousand islands’ in Sanskrit as well as other Indian languages like Telugu, Malayalam, Tulu, Kannada, Hindi, Tamil and others. If you are planning on visiting Lakshadweep, we must tell you why it’s a good idea.
1. Minicoy Island:
The Minicoy Island is the second largest Island of Lakshadweep and is one of the few inhabited islands of the group. It is best known for its luxury beach resorts that are an ideal destination for the travellers seeking tranquillity. It is also a romantic getaway to spend some quality time with your beloved amidst the clean beaches and the beautiful ocean. A trip to Minicoy Island is not about visiting the tourist places; it is about seeking the beauty of nature in its purest and most undisturbed form, as the island hasn’t been spoiled by commercialization yet.
For an even better experience, you should undoubtedly choose to stay at the luxurious beach resorts overlooking the pearl white beaches and the turquoise blue sea.
- This picturesque destination is a popular tourist spot and has gained immense popularity due to activities like tuna canning, tuna fishing and the presence of pristine palm fringed beaches. Tourists can enjoy some of the most memorable moments here during winters and the onset of summer, as the weather here is ideal during those months.
2. Agatti Island:
Another jewel among the Lakshadweep group of islands is the Agatti island known for its blissful beauty of coral reefs. It is situated on one of the coral atolls of Lakshadweep island and is one of the few islands from the group that is inhabited by the people. The island stretches over an area of 7.6 km, and is sparsely populated. The total population of the island is roughly 7,700 as per the 2014 census. However, there is no dearth of natural beauty on this island. The white sand beaches beside the crystal clear water of the sea await you at the Agatti islands. The small island is a sheer paradise for beach lovers and offbeat travellers. The languages spoken by the indigenous people are English and Malayalam. However, Islam is the main religion of the islanders which was brought here by the famous Arab traveller- Ibn Battuta.
- The primary occupation of the people is fishing, and few of them are involved in the tourism sector.
3. Bangaram Island:
Bangaram island is one of the least explored parts of the Lakshadweep islands. There is only one beach resort on the island, and the modernization lies miles away making it the perfect destination to cut off from the outer world. Bangaram Island is known for its pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs, different fishes and a few adventure sports. It is an uninhabited island located at a distance of 12 km from the Agatti island. Boats and ferries are available from Agatti that will take you to Bangaram in just 15-20 minutes. Tourists require special permit to enter the island with confirmation to stay if they are willing to spend the night here.
- The best way to explore this island is to make your stay at the Agatti island lying just 12 km away from Bangaram and explore this atoll on a day trip from Agatti. There are several options of stay at the Agatti resorts. Also, the only resort of the island is under litigation, and hence it has been shut down for a while.
4. Kavaratti Island:
Kavaratti Island is one of the most beautiful gems among the Lakshadweep group of islands. Being the capital of Lakshadweep, it is yet another island famous for its splendid sea views and pristine white-sand beaches. Kavaratti lies 360 km from the shores of Kochi. It doesn’t have any airports on the Island and Agatti is the nearest airport that tourists can avail. Under the mission to develop smart cities, Kavaratti has been chosen to have developed into a smart city in the years to come. Kavaratti is a small island spread across an area of 3.93 sq.km, but there is no dearth of natural beauty at the islands. The island is home to 12 atolls, five submerged banks, and three coral reefs. The spectacular view of the Arabian sea, the sparkling white-sand beaches offers solace amidst the tranquil nature.
- The beaches are laden with the swinging coconut trees, and once you take a dip inside the vast expanse, you can witness the abundant marine life of the island. Kavaratti is best known for its beautiful sceneries and the enthralling water sports.
5. Kalpeni Island:
Also known as Koefaini, Kalpeni islands is a group of three islands and are one of the most picturesque areas of Lakshadweep. Cheriyam, Pitti and Tillakkam are the islands which together forms the Kalpeni islands. These islands are inhabited and are frequently visited by tourists. Kalpeni is famous for its beautiful lagoon surrounding the island and is highly rich in Coral life. Naturally, this place falls among the must-see places in Lakshadweep.
- This is also a great spot to enjoy water sports including Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Reef walking, canoeing, kayaking and sailing yachts.
6. Marine Museum:
Situated in Kavaratti, Marine museum showcases a plethora of marine-related artefacts that aim to promote marine life and its preservation. The interesting thing about this museum is its aquarium which has few of the most striking species of fishes and other aquatic creatures.
- The beautiful, colorful fishes and aquatic species are very pretty and it is a great sight to see these ornamental species. It is also a good place if you are interested in collecting information about marine life and related stuff.
Kadmat is one of the most popular islands that attracts tourists. Famous for sunbathing, it is renowned for its pristine silvery white beaches. This small island consists of beautiful lagoon enclosed by coral reefs in its premises.
- Kadmat is also one of the inhabited islands offering both domestic and foreign tourists with a pleasant experience.
8. Andretti Islands:
Also known as Andrott Island, this is the largest island of Lakshadweep and is located closest to the Indian mainland. Unlike other islands, Andretti island is located in the east-west direction. The island is inhabited but has been able to maintain its beauty and charm. It also provides enough opportunities to its visitors to mingle with nature. Spending time by the ocean can be very relaxing and if you are lucky enough, you might be able to spot various aquatic species including octopuses.
- Andretti Island is also famous for some Buddhist archaeological remains and the tomb of Saint Hazrat Ubaidullah. However, foreign tourists are not allowed to visit this island.
9. Aminidivi Islands:
One of the most inhabited islands of Lakshadweep; Amindivi is a group of islands lying in North Lakshadweep and is famous for its coir products. It is an ideal place for those seeking to experience the local culture and markets of Lakshadweep.
- Due to government regulations, foreign tourists are not allowed to visit this island.
Built in the late 19th century, Minicoy Island consists of one of the oldest lighthouses in Lakshadweep. Standing tall at 300 feet, the view from the top is quite breathe-taking.
- It is one of the must visit place if you are planning a trip to Minicoy Island. However, the foreign nationals are not allowed to visit this island.
Lakshadweep is truly filled with such beautiful places that one can experience in person when visiting the place. So why wait? Go ahead and explore Lakshadweep.
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